Step 7 Eco-Code

A whole school promise to protect the planet that reflects the topic work your Eco-Committee have completed in their Action Plan during the school year.

Eco-Code Criteria

In order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award your school must meet the following criteria.

  • Your school has an Eco-Code, created by pupils, which reflects your current Eco-Schools Action Plan (including the three topics you have been working on).
  • Your whole school has an awareness of your Eco-Code and your Eco-Code is displayed on your Eco-Board (physical or digital).

Eco-Code Criteria Guidance

Further information about the Eco-Schools Criteria for Step 7: Eco-Code

  • Your Eco-Code can take any format you like: statement, rules, poem, song, poster, artwork etc.
  • Your Eco-Code should be updated annually to reflect new topic actions included in your current Action Plan, this doesn’t necessarily mean creating a new Eco-Code every year, it can mean treating your Eco-Code as a working document, which evolves as the Eco-Schools programme embeds and expands in your school.
  • The Eco-Schools Team recommends creating an Eco-Code and completing this section of your Eco-Schools Green Flag application during May.

Eco-Schools Team Tip

A great way to get your whole school involved in Step 7: Eco-Code is by hosting a whole school competition to design and create an Eco-Code that is judged by your Eco-Committee.

Eco-Code Resources

A list of Eco-Code resources you will be able to access when you login to your Eco-Schools account.

  • Secondary Eco-Code Optional Template An optional template which can be printed and used to display your Eco-Code.

Eco-Code FAQs

What makes a good Eco-Code?

What is an Eco-Code?

The Eco-Code is the Eco-Committee’s mission statement. It should demonstrate – in a positive, clear and imaginative way – the school’s commitment to improving its environmental performance. The Eco-Code can be anything you want a song, statement, poem, rap, acronym or something even more creative. Why not combine it with your Global Citizenship topic and think of an Eco-Code in another language?

How often do we need to change the Eco-Code?

We recommend you update your Eco-Code annually. This is because the Eco-Code should reflect the topics your school is working on and there should be slight changes to these topics every year.

How do we inform the school about the Eco-Code?

Your Eco-Code should be displayed on the Eco-Board, to inform the whole school about it we recommend having it in different classrooms, halls and maybe even in bathrooms!

Who needs to know the Eco-Code?

The majority of the students in your school should know, or have an awareness of your Eco-Code – after all it is a celebration of your hard work! It is also recommended that you share your school’s Eco-Code with the wider community.

Where should we display our Eco-Code?

Your Eco-Code should be displayed on your Eco-Board as well as being displayed in various places around the school such as classrooms, hallways and even toilets – be creative.

Why is Eco-Code the last step?

The Eco-Code is the final step, as it should reflect the work your Eco-Committee has carried out to achieve Eco-Schools Green Flag status – it is your celebration statement!

Eco-Code Examples

Oulton Academy, Leeds

Leeds based school Royds chose to use PowerPoint to create their Eco-Code, so it could be displayed on the TV screens throughout their school. The Eco-Code focuses on the three topics worked on in their Action Plan and has been designed to be organic and fluid changing as the year progresses. Not only is their Eco-Code aspirational, it also contains practical advice for how every Royds' Student can make a positive difference in their everyday lives.

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Holy Cross Catholic High School, Chorley

The Eco-Committee at Holy Cross decided to host a competition to design an Eco-Code. During Holy Cross' SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) day, two year 8 pupils designed the winning entry.
Their entry was chosen because the Eco-Coordinator and Eco-Committee appreciated the symbolism of the world placed in the palm of a hand, seeing it as an interesting way to highlight how the choices we make in everyday life affect our planet. The use of the 6R's on each finger and the palm also emphasise how each of the R's should be considered in our everyday choices! Eco-Schools love how a simple design contains so much meaning!

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Downe House School, Thatcham

Downe House Eco-Committee (DECOs) decided they wanted to engage as many students and staff as possible in the creation of their Eco-Code. They decided the best way to maximise involvement was through a whole-school competition to create their Eco-Code. Prior to launching their competition, they first ensured any entries would adhere to the Eco-Schools criteria of representing the topics and actions in the school's Action Plan. Receiving entries from each year group it was then up to the Eco-Committee to choose the winner, which was announced in school assembly! Now the winning entrant's Eco-Code is proudly displayed in each classroom.

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